Advent of Computing Podcast

This podcast did an episode about the origins of Ada.

I don’t like the way he pronounces Ada and I could be pedantic about some of the broad generalizations he makes, but overall I think this is a nice summary. Sounds like it’s going to be the beginning of a series, with a future episode about tasking. I’m looking forward to it!


I can’t abide the way he pronounces Ada. In fact, I’ll make that a ‘won’t’.

Well, I bit the bullet: it’s a good episode - not much new, but ties the history together well. Towards the end he slips and pronounces Ada ‘properly’ a few times!


In fact this guy pronounce Ada as in French. No problem for me :slight_smile:

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It doesn’t bother me. In some portions of the US, there would be people who would pronounce it that way as that is how the name is pronounced there, as well a couple of other ways (eye-duh in some coastal areas of the east for example). I’m all for being culturally inclusive. In this case the author doesn’t know what the pronunciation should be, so I think that’s ok, he’s at least trying!

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:laughing: The pronunciation reminds me of ‘atta-‘ as in:

Attaboy! :dog2:

Attaboy 1. an informal expression of encouragement or admiration to a man, boy or animal

Used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration

I think Adder is the only poisonous snake in Britain. Good episode. One gripe is that I much prefer Ada end terminations to curly brackets. I would call } C-like rather than modern.

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Yes, Ada end terminations are fairly self-documenting as where in ‘curly-brace’ languages, certain tricks and or plugins are sometimes needed to help identify deeply nested curly braces.

What are these curly braces for again?

With Java plugin for Eclipse IDE.


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